Maurice Tourneur

Director, Print illustrator, Actor
Former student of painter Auguste Rodin who turned his attention to the theater and then moved into films as an actor and assistant director at the Eclair studios. Tourneur moved to the USA in 1914, initially as head of ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1876 in Paris, FR

Filmography

Director (10)

Aloma of the South Seas (Movie)

(Director)

County Fair (Movie)

(Director)

Deep Waters (Movie)

(Director)

Life Line (Movie)

(Director)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

(Director)

Samson (Movie)

(Director)

The Poor Little Rich Girl (Movie)

(Director)

The Pride of the Clan (Movie)

(Director)

While Paris Sleeps (Movie)

(Director)

Woman (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (4)

Deep Waters (Movie)

(Producer)

Life Line (Movie)

(Producer)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

(Producer)

While Paris Sleeps (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

Deep Waters (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Lorna Doone (Movie)

(Screenwriter)

Biography

Former student of painter Auguste Rodin who turned his attention to the theater and then moved into films as an actor and assistant director at the Eclair studios. Tourneur moved to the USA in 1914, initially as head of Eclair's Fort Lee, New Jersey, subsidiary. He soon became known as one of the most stylish directors of his time, partly thanks to his collaboration with pioneering art director Ben Carre, who designed some 35 features for Tourneur through 1920. The pair's best work was in the mystery and fantasy genres. Tourneur's most important films highlight his inimitable visual sensitivity and include the delightfully wistful "The Wishing Ring" (1914); "The Poor Little Rich Girl" (1917), one of Mary Pickford's best showcases; and a vivid rendition of "The Last of the Mohicans" (1920).

Relationships

Fernande Petit

Wife
married in 1904 separated in 1927

Jacques Tourneur

Son
born on November 12, 1904 died on December 19, 1977

EDUCATION

Lycee Condorcet

Paris

Milestones

1929

Filmed last silent film in Germany, "Das Schiff der verlorene Menschen" (starred Marlene Dietrich)

1926

Quit direction of "The Mysterious Island" after MGM put him under supervision of producer; returned to France

1920

Moved to Universal after disagreements with Paramount

1919

Moved to Hollywood; signed contract with Paramount; formed Associated Producers Inc. with Thomas Ince and others (failed, 1921)

1918

Formed own production company

1915

Named production head, Paragon studio

1914

Directed first US film, "The Man of the Hour"

1914

Emigrated to US to run Eclair's studio in Fort Lee, NJ; began association with designer Ben Carre

1912

Worked as actor in several Eclair films directed by Emile Chautard

1900

Actor, then stage director

1894

Began career as illustrator and graphic and interior designer; became assistant to Auguste Rodin and then Ruvis de Chavannes

Military service in artillery in late 1890s

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